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Lace Chair... The Beta Version

I wanted to share a project that didn't work out as well as I hoped, but that I still think has potential. 

So. I saw one of these chairs in a furniture store window and instantly fell in love. In real life they are even prettier, they're translucent, so it looks like the lace is just hanging there in the air. Beautiful.

So beautiful, in fact that I was prompted to drag myself and the kid's buggy up a great big flight of stairs and into the shop.

created on: 08/12/08
 

'Shummanna numma nu... much are the chairs?' I asked and winced in anticipation.

'$375' the chap said.

'ooooooh' I said, 'that isn't really that much... not really... of course we'd need a pair, but still... it's not that much for a very beautiful, precious thing...' I mumbled to myself, sounding more and more like Golem.

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'Course, I don't have $750 to spend on two chairs so I signed heavily and hefted the buggy down the stairs again. But the idea of lace chairs was stuck in my head.

Here's what all that leads to:

created on: 08/12/08

Turned out a bit rubbish really, mostly because I can't leave well enough alone.

Here's what I did and how I went wrong.

I used:

  • A  'Jeff' chair from Ikea.
  • A can of Krylon Fusion for Plastic in Black.
  • Masking tape.
  • Cheap Lace Runner and Tablecloth.

Firstly I taped up the parts of the chair I didn't want to paint:

created on: 08/12/08

My first big mistake was not having a big enough piece of lace. I decided to improvise and have a lacy strip down the middle of the chair back, like this:

 

created on: 08/12/08

 

I don't have a picture of how the chair looked with just the middle bit done. It wasn't terrible, but I decided it would look better with the whole thing lacy... because I am a doofus.  With a bit of jiggery-tape-ery I added more lace and more paint.

So, that's why the top part looks terrible. The seat is a whole 'nother set of mistakes. Firstly of all I used a different pattern of lace (what was I thinking!), and the holes in the lace were just too big. I also really should have attached it more firmly, either with better tape or with re-positionable spray adhesive, 'cause I got these weird runckly stripes.

So that's what went wrong. On the plus side I now know that the Krylon Paint works a treat and at least the chair is still sit-on-able. I do think that the theory is good. I just fumbled the execution.

I think I am going to just spray the whole thing black and start again using white paint on the black background. I'll keep you posted if it works out.

The top photo from here

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Faynilla on Aug 15, 2008:

yeah excellent! i love your failed attempt. i see so many that turn out so great, and i think, i could never do that! but now i know i am not the only one and i know if you do it again, you will have learned and it will be awesome!


 


great job trying, i would have NEVER thought of that. i think i just might try now.. 


ModHomeEcTeacher on Aug 13, 2008:

I love your try!  So many projects, so many flops.  I feel bad dumping my bad creativity back on the bloaks at Goodwill, but they take anything.  Thanks for sharing the problems.  That's really quite helpful. :)


bruno on Aug 13, 2008:

Very creative!


lilybee on Aug 13, 2008:

Cheers SillyGirl! I think I'm definately going to go wioth the lowtack spray adhesive next itme around.


sillygirl on Aug 12, 2008:

Hey, not bad at all! I also have a problem leaving well enough alone, but I also think you're being too hard on yourself!


I had two ideas if you were to try again. I think the nature of lace is going to make positioning and getting the right coat of paint difficult... They make Lace-contact paper, holes and all (I've seen it but I have no idea where), that might be easier than real lace. Or maybe you could spray the lace with a not-super-sticky spray adhesive. It would make sure you don't get any rumples and that no paint leaks under the lace. O! Or if you had a clear chair, you could even decoupage the lace onto the not-sitting surfaces... Maybe you thought of these already, I'm sure they come with their own set of complications, but your post just got my mind churning, good idea!


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